Zena has been involved in performance for over 20 years – as a writer/poet performer, educator and creative project developer after graduating in Drama, Media and Communications Studies at Middlesex University. She studied at Lispa – London School of international Performance Art and has been mentoring young and emerging artists in arts vocation and creative campaigning since 2010. As a poet Zena’s writing for performance explores the creative voice immersed in issues exploring collective and personal revolution in the midst of social injustice and all its intersections.
As a multidisciplinary collaborator, Zena has worked with internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer Akram Khan (Xenos), Visual Artist – Theaster Gates (Soul Manufacturing Company) and radical Film Maker Fahim Alam, (Riots Reframed).
Her poems articles and blogs for social and environmental issues, race and power are published in Open Democracy, Dance the Guns to Silence in Commemoration The Ogoni 9, Platform London’s Blog – Featured in Riots Reframed documentary – Voice Over Films, and Loose Muse New Writing for Women. Her music collaborations include The Last Poets, composer and guitarist, Femi Temowo, saxophonist and historian Soweto Kinch, musician and anthropological musicologist, Pops Mohamed. Zena also supported Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis as part of the London Jazz Festival and collaborated with World musician and activist, Babaa Maal, for Africa Utopia and the Royal Festival Hall. She is the Creative and Education Director for Verse In Dialogue (©ViD) and umbrella social enterprise that produces projects that focus on live literature, creative inter-generational community engagement and well being, transformational learning and liberatory practice.